NetApp with IDC: Transforming to the Cloud While Reducing Cost and Enhancing Security

Duration: 60 Minutes

Bob Burwell | CTO – State, Local Government, Education and Healthcare

Bob Burwell is the CTO for U.S. Public Sector State, Local Government, Education and Healthcare (SLED-H) at NetApp. His responsibilities include setting future technology and product directions for the U.S. Public Sector group and managing key customer relationships. He is an experienced CTO and have been in the IT industry for the last 30 years. Burwell primarily worked on the Government side of the house with the DoD, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Intelligence Agencies. He now focuses on State, Local Government, Education and Healthcare - affectionately known as SLED-H. You may have seen him at conferences like NASCIO and EDUCAUSE, in interviews or read an industry article or two.

Transforming to the Cloud While Reducing
Cost and Enhancing Security

Wednesday, June 9| 2 PM EST


It is no secret that the cloud has become more complex this past year. Critical elements including data and security have become a main element of concern across the United States. In this webcast, you will hear from experts Bob Burwell, Chief Technology Officer for NetApp’s State Local, Government, Education division and Richard Villars, Group Vice President, Worldwide Research at IDC on how transforming to the cloud will reduce cost while enhancing security and efficiency.

Key Topics that will be discussed:

  • Optimizing and securing cloud resources
  • Making your business more resilient
  • Managing and securing diverse cloud data sets

Presenter: IDC Group Vice President, Worldwide Research, Rick Villars

Mr. Villars leads IDC’s global cloud research team, driving the ongoing development of IDC’s widely-used cloud services forecasts and the tracking of cloud services adoption. He also leads the development of IDC’s annual Worldwide FutureScapes themes and predictions that focuses on the transformation of the IT industry (and other industries) in this time of accelerated innovation.

His research enables clients to create preemptive business and technology strategies grounded in sound financial practices and a comprehensive understanding of competitive ecosystems. He empowers IT leaders to deliver strategically-aligned organizational development and talent management plans. A skilled executive coach and change agent, he works with clients to foster executive intrapreneurship in enterprise-class organizations.


Rick Villars | IDC Group Vice President, Worldwide Research

As Group Vice President, Worldwide Research, Rick Villars guides IDC's research into broad ICT industry trends, particularly the strategic adoption of technology by Global 2000 businesses and the industries in which they compete. He is a member of IDC's worldwide management team, as the leader of IDC's Future of Digital Infrastructure research practice.

Over the past decade, he has been a keynote speaker at IDC’s annual Directions conferences in the U.S. and in many other countries as well as at CIO and Partner Summits and other major industry events. He also regularly interacts with buy-side, sell-side and private equity financial analysts to discuss the implications of emerging ICT trends on leading ICT companies.

Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Villars has spent over 30 years assessing the evolution of network, storage, and server infrastructure as well as advising companies on the impact of the cloud on existing IT practices. The role included developing IDC’s viewpoints on the workloads driving the adoption of converged and software defined IT solutions as well as public and private cloud solutions. He also led IDC’s ongoing assessment of the evolution of datacenter design, placement, and management strategies. And advised clients on the impact of new IT consumption models and technologies on organizations’ infrastructure, deployment, procurement, and management practices.

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